View Full Version : Norm Blanchard, 98

Lew Barrett
07-11-2009, 11:21 AM
A west coast giant has passed. He collaborated in building boats with all the major golden era designers, and lived long enough to see his abundant output venerated and restored many times over. The vessels he built from his own designs and those of Geary, Monk, Seaborn, Garden and many, many more of the greats form a significant part of the skeleton of the old boat hobby and business in America, with many still in active service today, 70 or 80 years on. Truly a giant.

Condolences to all his many friends and family.

Updated link to CYA announcement (http://www.classicyacht.org/forum/index.php?topic=500.0)

Please let me know if the link works (or doesn't).

I edited this post to provide a link to a public section of the Classic Yacht Association forum so that WBF members could view the announcement. Please let me know if the link works (or doesn't).

07-11-2009, 11:59 AM
This is sad I had read just a bit about him and am going to read more.

Lew Barrett
07-11-2009, 12:20 PM
Norm Blanchard's (and Steve Wilen's) biography/autobiography is available at Amazon, for one. It's a good read, especially for a Seattle-ite, but also for anybody who loves the classic era.

Knee Deep in Shavings (http://www.amazon.com/Knee-Deep-Shavings-Memories-Yachting-Boatbuilding/dp/092066363X)

Also added is this link about Norm Blanchard.
Seattle Times overview (http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20000827&slug=4039164)